Sometimes just a little help can make a big difference. When a family member, friend, or neighbor is not available to provide needed support for independent living, a Personal Care Aide becomes an essential part of a care team.
The Personal Care Aide Apprenticeship Certificate is designed to meet the needs of Southern Nevada for a prepared and educated workforce in health care. It is a partnership between UNLV Continuing Education, Nevada's Apprenticeship Project, and Las Vegas employers.
Personal care aides provide critical support for everyday tasks such as dressing, bathing, housekeeping, errands, and meal planning. Students will explore key issues related to providing safe, attentive personal care services in a home-based setting or group facility.
To earn the Personal Care Aide Certificate, you must successfully complete the Personal Care Aide Course (10.0 CEUs) and Effective Communication and Report Writing (1.5 CEUs). Personal Care Aide Apprenticeship Certificate candidates also complete an employer-based apprenticeship where they gain experience and skills under the guidance of a mentor. On-the-job training follows a competency-based model where students must demonstrate mastery of required skills as they progress through the program. Apprenticeship education requirements vary by employer but may include CPR/AED First Aid, employee orientation, and health care in-service trainings provided by the employer.
PREREQUISITES AND ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS:
Students must be 18 years of age and possess a high school diploma or GED.
Students must apply with employer partners to be accepted into the apprenticeship program.